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Why, though?  But I won it.
– 
Jester, when asked by Fjord to give 2 silver that she won back to Caleb[6]

Jester Lavore is a tiefling cleric of The Traveler. She is played by Laura Bailey.

Description Edit

Appearance Edit

Jester is a little, blue tiefling with blue hair. She wears a pretty dress and has freckles.[7] She wears a belt with a symbol to the Traveler on her waist.[8]

She had a ribbon tied around her left horn. This ribbon was originally wrapped around Jester's map of Wildemount, but Jester kept it because it looked "pretty".[9]  She later attached it to a glaive to increase the weapon's value during a trade in Zadash.[3]

Personality Edit

Jester is excitable and eager. She has an exorbitant interest in getting in someone else's face. According to Molly and herself, everyone tells her that she is pure of virtue, worthwhile, and a creature of some repute. She delights in small acts of mischief and trickery.[10][11]

She keeps a sketchbook that she appears to uses as a kind of pictorial journal, in part as her way of devotion to The Traveler.[12][13]

It is unclear to what extent her apparent personality traits are genuine. It is possible that her seemingly random mischief is all an act of devotion to The Traveler.

Jester's favorite color is pink.[3]

Biography Edit

Background Edit

Jester comes from Nicodranas[1], and her mother still lives there[14].  Jester claimed to have been an artist for quite some time, a talent for which she credited her mother.[15]  Jester was wealthy, stating she had owned a horse (that she dressed up) and a carriage.[3]  Her mother is a famous singer and courtesan known as the Ruby of the Sea, so Jester had to stay in hiding because having a child would hurt her profile as a courtesan.  Nevertheless, Jester said her mother still loved her and took care of her even though she was very busy.[16]

Jester was forced to leave Nicodranas after she pulled a prank on one of her mother's clients.  Using a technique learned from the Traveler, Jester changed her appearance to look like her mother, then tricked the client onto the balcony while he wore nothing but her mother's girdle.  She locked the balcony door, leaving the client in public view in broad daylight.  The client turned out to be a powerful lord.  Enraged and embarrassed, he ordered for Jester to be executed, and the officials consented.  Jester's mom helped her in her attempt to flee Nicodranas.  When relaying the story to the Mighty Nein, Jester couldn't remember his name ("Lord Something-Something" or "Lord Robert Something-Something").[17]

When Jester left home, she had five thousand gold pieces, though she spent most of it on clothes for a horse and carriage she bought. The horse and carriage were later lost, left on the side of the road somewhere.[18]

Pre-Stream Edit

Jester met Fjord near Port Damali.[19]

Traveling along the Amber Road, on their way to study magic at the Soltryce Academy in Rexxentrum, the trio (Fjord, Jester, and Beau) saved the daughter of Rinaldo (a fisherman in Trostenwald) from a giant snake.[20][21]

Chapter 9 Edit

Jester tried to purchase a map of the area, but had to settle for a map of the Dwendalian Empire as a whole. Jester took the ribbon the map had been wrapped in and tied it around her left horn, because it looked "pretty".[22]

Before leaving Trostenwald, Jester wrote a letter to her mother explaining that all her money is gone and to please send more to Zadash, but this may have been a lie.[23]

Relationships Edit

Beauregard Edit

Jester and Beauregard are on good terms. Beauregard met Jester and Fjord about a day before the rest of the party.[24] They also shared a room at the Nestled Nook Inn.[25]

Fjord Edit

Jester and Fjord met near Port Damali some time before they encountered Beauregard and the rest of the party, and they have been traveling together since.[19] Jester thought Fjord was very handsome. Nott believed that Fjord and Jester were romantically involved, but they asserted that their relationship had been platonic.[26]

Jester was also thoroughly impressed with Fjord's ability to change his voice and accent. She pulled him aside while Beau was buying some wine to tell him that she liked all of his many voices, including his original one.[27]

It is implied that she seems to have some sort of one sided infatuation with him. As she bought a steamy book due to the male love interest being a half-orc. Which she later refers to Fjord as “Oskar” (the name of the character) which could be that she sees Fjord as her “Oskar”.[28]

Nott Edit

Jester has taken a liking to Nott, giving Nott the Blessing of the Trickster on multiple occasions[7][29], offering to help Nott steal trinkets[30], and even encouraging Nott to try stealing something from her[31]. Both excitable and youthful, the pair particularly bonded as they investigated the carnival after the zombie attack.[32]

Caleb Widogast Edit

Jester thought that Caleb smelled really bad, and let him know that he should take a bath.[33][34]

Mollymauk Tealeaf Edit

Molly read Jester's fortune for two copper pieces, using a small set of cards. He predicted that there is something bright and adventurous in her future.[35] At the Traveling Carnival of Curiosities, he gave her the moon and shadow cards together, seemingly with some sort of meaning intended.[7] Jester seems enamored by Molly's fortunes, instead of seeing him as a conman.

Yasha Edit

Jester made Yasha pinky swear that she'll give everyone their weapons back, then declared, "Now we're best friends." Yasha then told Mollymauk that Jester is adorable and that she likes her.[36]

Character Information Edit

Quests Edit

Jester is looking for her father.[7]

Jester really wants to visit a place in the Dwendalian Empire called "Hupperdook".[37]

Notable Items Edit

  • Sickle[38]
  • A deck of cards for "Crick Queen's Call"[39]
  • Sketchbook/journal (drawing what she saw that day for The Traveler)[12]
  • Disguise kit[40]
  • A fang from the giant loch snake that terrorized Rinaldo and his daughter[41]
  • Map of the Dwendalian Empire[42]
  • Ribbon from the Dwendalian Empire map (tied around her left horn[43])
    • Jester later tied the ribbon to Fleshrender and traded it in Zadash for other gear.[3]
  • Painter's supplies[44]
  • Jar of gnoll and hyena ears[45][3] (formerly a jar of pickles[46])
  • Fleshrender[47] (a glaive taken from Gnoll Pack Lord[48])
    • Traded to Pumat Sol in Zadash for a Fantastic Haversack.[3]
  • Fantastic Haversack[49]
    • The description of the Fantastic Haversack was consistent with that of Heward's handy haversack.[50]
  • A holy symbol to The Traveler[8]
  • Healer's kit (given by Beau)[27]
  • Wand of Smiles[51]
  • Hand Axe[52]
  • Tusk Love (a novel)[53]
  • Grappling Hook with 50 Feet of Hempen Rope[54]
  • A small iron safe, received from Claudia Sheed when she was selling off the Leaky Tap[55]

Abilities Edit

Unless otherwise noted, the following abilities are assumed from the standard Dungeons & Dragons materials:

Tiefling Abilities Edit

  • Darkvision
  • Hellish Resistance - Cold Resistance[56]
  • Infernal Legacy
    • Thaumaturgy cantrip[57]
    • Hellish Rebuke spell (as a 2nd-level spell that deals cold damage)[58]

Cleric Abilities Edit

Class Features Edit
  • Channel Divinity (1 use per short rest)
    • Turn Undead
  • Divine Domain: Trickery Domain
    • Blessing of the Trickster (advantage on stealth checks)[59]
    • Channel Divinity: Invoke Duplicity[60]
    • Domain Spells
  • Ritual Casting
  • Spellcasting (Wisdom-based ability)

Domain Spells Edit

Jester always has access to these spells.

1st-level Edit
2nd-level Edit
  • Mirror Image[63]
  • Pass without Trace

Cleric Spells Edit

In addition to her domain spells, Jester has access to four cleric cantrips and 1st- through 2nd-level cleric spells. As a 4th-level cleric, she can prepare up to 8 of these spells per day.

Cantrips Edit

Due to a misunderstanding, Laura thought she could prepare different cantrips each day like the rest of her spells[70][13], so Jester may not know this cantrip:

  • Word of Radiance[71]
1st-level Edit
2nd-level Edit
  • Hold Person[79]
  • Locate Object[80]
  • Spiritual Weapon[81] (takes the form of a giant lollipop)
  • Zone of Truth[82]

Quotations Edit

  • "Why though? But I won it." (when asked by Fjord to give two silvers that she won back to Caleb)[6]
  • "I use Thaumaturgy to open all the windows."[7]
  • "Which one?" (when asked to stop moving by a guard while her Duplicity was invoked)[7]
  • "We're a group, you guys!" (when questioned by the Lawmaster of Trostenwald)[83]
  • "Oh no...are you guys making fun of her spasm?!?" (when Beau claimed that her attempt to break free of custody was a muscle spasm resulting from a childhood injury)[84]
  • "I have seen a lot of dicks. This is what most of them look like." (when Molly asked Jester how she knew what a dick looked like)[85]
  • "You're doing great!" (trying to be encouraging of Nott, despite the Goblin's thievery being too obvious)[86]
  • "I'm THE Cleric?!? I've never traveled with a bunch of people I thought would die in front of me!" (when asked by Beau why Jester doesn't have a healer's kit)[27]
  • "I'm not afraid of dicks." (when Caleb shoves his book into his pants to keep it away from Jester)[27]
  • "Life does need things to live." (To Mollymauk)[87]
  • "Has anybody seen my shoe?." (To the guards when caught sneaking back into the inn)[87]
  • "Fjord, do you think you're slowly turning into water? [...] If you feel like it's happening, let us know and we'll try to catch you in a jar."[88]
  • "Laugh it up, fuzzball!" (When Nott casts Hideous Laughter on the Manitcore)[89]
  • [singing]  "The Ruby of the Sea is the best lay ever!"[90]

Trivia Edit

  • Jester's fondness for baked goods and pastries is similar to Laura's real-life love for doughnuts.[13]
  • Jester was also played by Laura Bailey in two previous Dungeons & Dragons games in 2016.  The first was a one-shot livestreamed by GameSpot,[91] and the second was a collaboration with Kinda Funny.[92]
  • Laura confirmed on Talks Machina that Jester is the de facto healer for the group, because she is the only player character who knows any healing spells.[93]
  • To represent the ribbon being wrapped around her left horn, Laura wrapped the ribbon around her left arm.[94]

External Links Edit

References Edit

  1. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) at 57:49.  Jester states that she is from Nicodranas.
  2. See "Disparate Pieces" (9x04) at 3:05:03.  Pointing to the Menagerie Coast area on the map of the Dwendalian Empire, Jester exclaims "Look over here! This is where I live!"
  3. See "The Gates of Zadash" (9x08).[citation needed]
  4. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) at 1:25:52.  Jester's initial stats were shown onscreen.
  5. See "Fleeting Memories" (9x14).[citation needed]  Jester's first stat increase was shown onscreen
  6. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) at 1:09:56.
  7. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01).[citation needed]
  8. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) from 1:05:41 through 1:05:43.
  9. See "Disparate Pieces" (9x04) at 3:03:35.
  10. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) at 1:24:00.  Jester rearranges a bookstore for fun.
  11. See "Disparate Pieces" (9x04) at 3:01:01.  Jester rearranges the general store of Trostenwold for fun.
  12. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) from 1:21:48 through 1:21:56.
  13. See "Talks Machina #51: 'The Midnight Chase'" (TMx51).
  14. See "Disparate Pieces" (9x04) from 3:35:46 through 3:36:47.  Jester writes a letter to her mother in Nicodranas.
  15. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) at 57:04.  Jester claims to have been an artist since she was little.
  16. See "The Gates of Zadash" (9x08).[citation needed]  Jester describes her background and her mother.
  17. See "The Gates of Zadash" (9x08) at explains why she had to leave Nicodranas after playing a prank on a lord.s Jester explains why she had to leave Nicodranas after playing a prank on a lord..[citation needed]
  18. See "The Gates of Zadash" (9x08) from 2:25:55 through 2:26:35.  Jester explains what happened to her money.
  19. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) from 1:16:53 through 1:17:05.
  20. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) at 0:32:56.
  21. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) at 0:51:58.
  22. See "Disparate Pieces" (9x04) at 3:24:33.
  23. See "Disparate Pieces" (9x04) from 3:35:46 through 3:36:25.  Jester writes a letter to her mother.
  24. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) at 1:16:40.
  25. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) at 1:21:40.
  26. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) from 3:08:45 through 3:09:10.  When asked about her relationship with Fjord by Nott, Jester describes him as "a good friend...Like you and Caleb."
  27. See "The Midnight Chase" (9x03).[citation needed]
  28. See "Zemnian Nights" (9x11).[citation needed]
  29. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) at 1:39:29.
  30. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) from 1:04:21 through 1:04:30.  Jester offers to point out valuable things for Nott to steal, and also to help steal them if needed.
  31. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) at 1:04:58.
  32. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) from 3:55:15 through 3:55:32.
  33. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) at 0:38:15.
  34. See fan art by "Gee Whiz" at 1:02.
  35. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) at 0:51:45.
  36. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01).[citation needed]
  37. See "Disparate Pieces" (9x04) at 3:04:46.
  38. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01).[citation needed]  Jester hands Yasha her sickle.
  39. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) at 1:05:20.  Jester deals cards to teach Nott.
  40. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) at 1:30:21.
  41. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) at 2:31:36.
  42. See "Disparate Pieces" (9x04) from 3:02:14 through 3:03:31.
  43. See "Disparate Pieces" (9x04) at 3:24:33.  Laura mimed her character's action of tying the map ribbon around her left horn, then tied the real-life ribbon around her left forearm at 3:29:21.
  44. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) at 3:12:30.
  45. See "Hush" (9x07).[citation needed]
  46. See "The Howling Mines" (9x06).[citation needed]
  47. See "The Gates of Zadash" (9x08) at 3:21:06Laura Bailey read the name of the glaive aloud, which was Fleshrender.
  48. See "Hush" (9x07).[citation needed]  Jester takes the glaive from the corpse of the gnoll pack lord
  49. See "The Gates of Zadash" (9x08) from 3:23:10 through 3:28:13.
  50. See D&D: Dungeon Master's Guide, 5th ed., p. 154, available online at D&D Beyond.
  51. See "The Gates of Zadash" (9x08) at 0:34:40.
  52. See "Steam and Conversation" (9x09).[citation needed]  Jester buys a handaxe.
  53. See "Zemnian Nights" (9x11).[citation needed]  Jester buys a copy of Tusk Love from Chastity's Nook.
  54. See "Midnight Espionage" (9x12) from 0:42:47 through Buying Equipment for the Sutan estate breakin.
  55. See "Lost & Found" (9x13) from 2:04:48 through Claudia gives Jester her safe when she sold off the tavern.
  56. See "The Gates of Zadash" (9x08) at 3:09:36.  Matt notes that Jester is comfortable in the cold.
  57. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) at 59:41.  Jester casts Thaumaturgy.
  58. See "The Open Road" (9x05) from 2:17:18 through 2:17:58.  Jester casts Hellish Rebuke and deals cold damage.
  59. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) at 1:14:26.  Jester uses Blessing of the Trickster on Nott.
  60. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) at 2:23:27.  Jester uses Channel Divinity: Invoke Duplicity.
  61. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) at 3:43:27.  Jester casts Charm Person.
  62. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) at 1:35:01.  Jester casts Disguise Self.
  63. See "The Howling Mines" (9x06) at 2:50:06.  Jester casts Mirror Image.
  64. See "The Midnight Chase" (9x03) at 0:24:00.  Jester casts Sacred Flame.
  65. See "The Open Road" (9x05) at 1:50:50.  Jester casts Sacred Flame.
  66. See "The Midnight Chase" (9x03) at 0:34:07.  Jester casts Spare the Dying.
  67. See "Where The River Goes" (9x15).[citation needed]  Jester casts Spare the Dying.
  68. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) at 2:40:07.  Jester casts Toll the Dead.
  69. See "The Howling Mines" (9x06) at 3:10:10.  Jester casts Toll the Dead.
  70. A Twitter thread involving Laura, Matt, and Laura again confirms that the use of four cleric cantrips was a mistake.
  71. See "The Midnight Chase" (9x03) at 3:31:50.  Jester casts Word of Radiance.
  72. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) at 2:56:42.  Jester casts Cure Wounds.
  73. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) at 3:36:04.  Jester casts Detect Evil and Good.
  74. See "The Midnight Chase" (9x03) at 3:44:26.  Jester casts Detect Magic.
  75. See "Curious Beginnings" (9x01) at 2:26:29.  Jester casts Guiding Bolt.
  76. See "Lost & Found" (9x13).[citation needed]  Jester casts Healing Word.
  77. See "The Open Road" (9x05) at 2:49:11.  Jester casts Inflict Wounds.
  78. See "Where The River Goes" (9x15).[citation needed]  Jester casts Sanctuary.
  79. See "Midnight Espionage" (9x12).[citation needed]  Jester casts Hold Person.
  80. See "Midnight Espionage" (9x12).[citation needed]  Jester casts Locate Object.
  81. See "The Open Road" (9x05) at 1:29:00.  Jester casts Spiritual Weapon.
  82. See "Fleeting Memories" (9x14).[citation needed]  Jester casts Zone of Truth.
  83. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) at 32:10.
  84. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) at 39:09.
  85. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) at 57:08.
  86. See "A Show of Scrutiny" (9x02) at 1:06:32.
  87. See "Disparate Pieces" (9x04).[citation needed]
  88. See "The Open Road" (9x05) from 1:04:35 through 1:04:59.
  89. See "Hush" (9x07) at 3:48:13.
  90. See "The Gates of Zadash" (9x08).[citation needed]
  91. See Critical Role one-shot with GameSpot at 8:19.
  92. See Kinda Funny collaboration video at 8:37.
  93. See "Talks Machina #49: 'Curious Beginnings'" (TMx49).  Laura laments the fact that she is the only player with healing.
  94. See "Disparate Pieces" (9x04) from 3:29:25 through 3:29:45.
Art:
  1. Official 2018 portrait of Jester, by Ari (source).  Permission needed.